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Childcare & Education (EYE) CACHE Diploma Level 3 at Bolton College

Course description

Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.

If you’re thinking about a career as a Primary School Teacher, a Nurse or a Social Worker, then this course can get you started.

You will learn about child education, community health and other aspects of working with children.

Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.

On alternate weeks, you’ll have the fantastic opportunity to work with children aged 0-8 years on a work placement, which is a mandatory requirement of the course.

CACHE is the UK’s only specialist awarding organisation for the children, adult and health care sectors. In 2014, over 150,000 learners from more than 1,000 centres (both in the UK and overseas) registered with CACHE.

Course content

What you'll learn

The units you will be studying during this course include:

  • Introduction to Working with Children
  • Development from Conception to Age 16 Years
  • Supporting Children
  • Keeping Children Safe
  • The Principles Underpinning the Role of the Practitioner

We encourage our students to continue their English & maths study to Level 3

You may also be able to study Functional Skills and you will have the valuable option of obtaining extra qualifications such as First Aid.

Work experience placements take place every other week throughout the course in nurseries, nursery classes, primary schools and special units, and these will link what you learn in College with practical experience.

Elements of study

Your programme consists of the following elements:

  • Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your programme)
  • English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
  • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
  • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
  • Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills)

Entry requirements

We ask that you have at least four GCSEs at grades 8-4 (A-C), including English Language and Maths. We’ll also ask you to attend an interview and provide us with a satisfactory school reference.

You’ll need an enthusiastic approach to your studies, excellent attendance at school or your last place of study, and a clear DBS check.


You will be assessed through a portfolio of written work and practical assessment in the workplace. You will also need to undertake, in both years one and two, an externally marked extended project.

Financial information

Government-funded Further Education courses are usually free if you are aged 16-18 and are a British or European Union resident.  Financial help is available for some students, whose families are on low income. If you’re worried about the cost of going to College, why not pop in for a friendly chat with our Student Services team?

For any financial queries or information about available bursaries, feel free to contact Student Services at Deane Road by calling 01204 482 181/195 and asking for a member of the Student Finance Team; or alternatively, come by and see us – we’re here to help!

Future opportunities

After you have completed the course you could progress on to a higher education course at College or university, or explore the possibility of doing a Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4).

Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting

  • A Nursery Manager where you can earn between £22,000 and £30,000 a year, depending on experience.
  • A Child & Early Years Officer earns £25,000 a year on average
  • A Primary Teacher can earn an average of £36,000 a year.


Further information

Our £75 million campus offers:

  • A fitness suite and sports hall
  • Apple Mac suites
  • Libraries
  • A theatre and dance studios
  • A café selling Costa coffee
  • Wella-approved hair salons

We also have a wide range of events throughout the year including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.

Number 1 for Achievement Rates

We’re the number one General FE and Tertiary College for 16-18 achievement rates in Greater Manchester.

Ofsted Grade 2 ‘Good’

Ofsted also agrees; in February we were inspected and graded 2 for ‘Good’. Ofsted highlighted the fact that our learners develop good employability and personal skills and that a high proportion progress to Apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.


We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including:

  • Receive recognition for your efforts through internal awards celebrations
  • Hear guest speakers from the industry
  • Improve your health and fitness through various sports activities


The College will support you throughout your time here; you will receive personal support from both your tutor and your Learning & Development Mentor. Support is also available from our dedicated Student Services team for personal, financial and careers guidance.

During their recent visit in February 2017, Ofsted commended the College for its provision of “well targeted information, advice and careers guidance, which meets individual needs and enables learners to make informed choices about the next steps in their learning and career”.

Open Events

Discover what Bolton College can do for you by attending one of our Young People’s Open Events at our Deane Road campus.

Thursday 12th October 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 4.30pm - 8pm

Futures4Me Event

Thursday 28th September 2017, 3.30pm – 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 22 September 2017
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